Aframomum albiflorum is a herbaceous perennial plant producing dense stands of leafy stems 1.5 - 4 metres tall from a tuberous rootstock[
The fruits and seeds are gathered from the wild for local use as a food and condiment.
Southern Africa - Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
An understorey plant in forests[
The plant is adaptable to various soil types, but does especially well in sandy clay loams and sandy loams[
The fruits are eaten raw. The seeds are surrounded by masses of white sweet-acid pulp inside 3 membranes[
]. The sweet, sugary pulp is frequently eaten as a snack - it is particularly liked by children[
]. The fruit is a round to oval, tough, orange-red-black berry 7 - 9cm long including the calyx beak[
The seeds are crushed and used as a spice like pepper[
The crushed seeds are boiled with the roots of Piper capensis and drunk as an aphrodisiac[
The dense stands formed by the plant are a favoured habitat for snakes, especially green mamba[
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